I uploaded this video to YouTube on February 25, 2017. I'm adding this video in its original MP4 format to Archive.org for archival purposes.
By Tiny Arcade (programmed by Tom McConnell).
Tape 100 and Supertape 1. 1982
Space Gauntlet was released in 1982 by Tiny Arcade on tape 100 and Supertape 1. It was programmed by Tom McConnell. Space Gauntlet
is pretty simple, and it controls quite slowly. I'm not sure how much
fun there is to be had here, but I'm putting this game forward for
others to try because I like the idea of this game. Unfortunately, I
don't think that BASIC has the power to do this game justice. Perhaps
the "AstroBASIC" version of this game plays a little better (since
"AstroBASIC" runs a little faster than Bally BASIC). It would be double-plus cool to see a machine language homebrew cartridge based on this idea.
You control a star cruiser patrolling a remote sector of the galaxy when
you encounter the local inhabitants. These denizens of deep-space
don't "cotton" to strangers and they arrange themselves into two
columns, firing missiles and challenging you to fly between them and
survive the deadly gauntlet. Your objective is to pilot the ship
through the attackers, avoid their missiles (the small square objects)
and score points by destroying as many of the hostiles as possible.
This video was created for the Astrocade High Score Club, Season 2, Round 1 (February 2017), which featured the cartridge game Solar Conqueror and the BASIC game Space Gauntlet. You can visit that round of the HSC, here: